Make a Bow Headband

Many thanks to the gorgeous Girl in Pink blog for the fab tutorial!
Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 strips of fabric measuring 20" x 3.25" and one small 2"x3" piece
  • thread in a coordinating color
  • hot glue gun
  • sewing machinescissors and ruler (a cutting mat and rotary tool work great)
  • pinking shears
  • plastic headband (you can either purchase one that coordinates with your fabric, or you may choose to cover one with a long strip of fabric or ribbon using your hot glue gun).
Start by matching up your two strips of fabric, wrong sides together. It's a good idea to put a couple of pins in the middle to hold the strips together. Next, cut each end at a slight diagonal. These will be your bow's "tails."

Take your strips of fabric to your sewing machine and stitch them together, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge all of the way around the strip. This is a great place to use a decorative stitch if you'd like to.

Now cut around the edge with your pinking shears, just outside of your stitching. Be very careful not to cut any stitches!

Fold your strip of fabric into a flat bow and sew a zig-zag stitch down the middle to hold it in place. Here is what the back side will look like after you've sewn it:
Now here is a front view:
If you plan to cover your headband with fabric or ribbon, do that now using your hot glue gun.

Take your 2"x3" square of fabric and fold the two longer sides in towards each other making it into a 1"x3" piece. It's a good idea to iron it to keep the folds in place. This will be the center of your completed bow and also attach your bow to your headband. Have your glue gun ready. Take your flat bow and fold it down the middle accordion style, holding it in the center with your thumb and forefinger.
Use your hot glue gun to attach the small piece of fabric to the front center of the bow and continue to wrap and attach it to the headband with small dabs of glue.
Glue down the end of the center piece of fabric to the underside of the headband and cut off any excess. You're done!
What a fab idea! Love it, now to make it!

XXX


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